With five gold medals, Martin Fourcade is already the most successful Frenchman at the Olympics. But his record could become even harder to beat.
Russian biathlete Evgeny Ustyugov has been suspended for doping again, this time following the analysis of his biological passport, the International Biathlon Federation (IBU) announced on Tuesday, which canceled all his results obtained between 2010 and 2014.
The French Martin Fourcade, second in the mass start of the Vancouver Games in 2010 behind Ustyugov, could thus recover a sixth Olympic title. Evgeny Ustyugov has 21 days to appeal.
Last February, the Russian had already seen his Olympic biathlon medal in relay, acquired at the Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014, withdrawn. He was then sanctioned for having used oxandrolone, a steroid.
The Russian stopped his career in 2014
This time the Russian is accused of using “a prohibited substance or method” on the basis of the analysis of his biological passport between 2010 and 2014. Evgeni Ustyugov (35) must thus lose two acquired medals at the Vancouver Games in 2010 (gold in the mass start and bronze in the relay) and two at the Khanty-Mansiysk Worlds in Russia in 2011 (silver in the mass start and in the relay).
He stopped his career in 2014.
Martin Fourcade retired last March after a final victorious race.
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